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Goat
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Goat
Goat A ruminant animal possessing cloven hooves, hollow horns, and droopy ears that figures prominently in the Bible.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Goat, Goatherd
GOAT, GOATHERD. Goats are cloven-hoofed ruminants, usually with hollow horns that sweep backwards, although some may have corkscrew or scimitar horns. They are gregarious, strong, and surefooted creatures. The domestic goat (Capra hircus mambrica) is thought to have derived from the wild goat (C. aegagrus)
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Goat
goat. The goat (Capra hircus) is one of the most versatile of domestic livestock animals and has always been of special importance in the Near East, to whose arid climate it is excellently adapted. Goats are hardy beasts that can live off shrubs and the scanty vegetation of the desert, thereby utilizing
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Goat
GoatIndication of their importance as domesticated animals in biblical times is the occurrence of seven different Hebrew and three Greek words for “goat” in the Bible. Beyond the general term ʿēz (pl. ʿizzɩ̂m) for female goats, four Hebrew words specifically refer to the he-goat (kāʿɩ̂r, tayiš, ʿattûḏ
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Goat
Goat. †A hollow-horned ruminant belonging to the same subfamily as sheep. The Bible employs a large number of words for goats, an indication of the goat’s importance in ancient life. In Hebrew the generic word for goat is ˓ēz (pl. ˓izzîm; cf. Gk. aíx), also used for she-goats and elliptically
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Goat
GOAT A cloven-hoofed and hollow-horned ruminant. The goat was one of the first animals to be domesticated, and raising goats was practiced in Palestine from an early time (Gen 15:9; 30:32; 31:38). Goats provided milk (Deut 32:14; Prov 27:27), meat (Gen 27:9; Deut 14:5; Judg 6:19, 13:15), and skins (Gen
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Goat
Goat. There appear to be two or three varieties of the common goat, Hircus ægagrus, at present bred in Palestine and Syria, but whether they are identical with those which were reared by the ancient Hebrews it is not possible to say. The most marked varieties are the Syrian goat (Capra mambrica, Linn.)
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Goat
Goat(1.) Heb. ‘ez, the she-goat (Gen. 15:9; 30:35; 31:38). This Hebrew word is also used for the he-goat (Ex. 12:5; Lev. 4:23; Num. 28:15), and to denote a kid (Gen. 38:17, 20). Hence it may be regarded as the generic name of the animal as domesticated. It literally means “strength,” and points to the
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Goat
Goatgoat, a ruminant mammal related to the sheep. The goat (Capra hircus) is one of the most versatile of domestic livestock animals. It has always been of special importance in the Near East, to whose arid climate it is excellently adapted. Goat bones attributed to domesticated animals are the most
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Goat
GoatThe primary mention of goats in Scripture relates to their part in the OT sacrificial system. Bulls, rams, goats, lambs, doves and pigeons were all used, some of them interchangeably, to burn in sacrifice to God for the purpose of atonement and worship. Goats, however, played a distinct symbolic
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